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North Park Alumnus Establishes Caddy Business

Lindahl (far right) with caddiestogo.com caddies

CHICAGO (June 25, 2007) - If you have a membership at a private golf course, there’s a good chance you’ll have a caddy to carry around your clubs as you make your way around the green. The same does not hold true, however, for golfers who frequent public courses.

Until now.

Matthew Lindahl C’2005, a former assistant pro at Chalet Hills in Cary, Ill., has launched caddiestogo.com, a site at which golfers can reserve caddies and arrange to meet them at a public course. Fees range from $40 to $60 per round, and the idea is catching on; 30 courses have already signed on to use caddiestogo.com.

The 24-year-old Lindahl states that his target market is the “upscale golfer, particularly business people who are entertaining clients.” One member of that audience is Paul Hawkinson C’92, a resident of Libertyville, Ill., and managing director and head of the U.S. Industrial Investment Banking Group for BMO Capital Markets. He recently hired a caddiestogo.com caddy familiar with the ThunderHawk Golf Club course, where green fees run close to $100.

“The kid I had was at least as good, if not better, than the caddies I’ve had at friends’ private clubs,” Hawkinson says. He plans to become a regular customer, stating that his goal, when working with clients, is to give them an experience as close to that of a private club as he can, and he gets that from caddiestogo.com.